The Texas Rangers have something special planned for their fans before their third game of the season on Wednesday night in Arlington. According to MLB.com on April 1, Super Bowl winning quarterback Russell Wilson will throw out the first pitch before the Rangers take on the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Texas Rangers drafted Russell Wilson in last year's Rule 5 Draft and he showed up at Spring Training to work out with the team and speak to the players. According to general manager Jon Daniels, he drafted Wilson to help serve as a mentor and role model to the young players.
The Rule 5 Draft is set up so teams can't sit on minor league players who they have no intention of calling up to the major league roster. He was on the Colorado Rockies minor league roster where he played for two seasons before moving on to the NFL.
Russell Wilson batted .229 with five homers and 26 RBIs over 93 games in the Rockies' system.
Wilson plays for the Seattle Seahawks. When his NFL career began, he was considered too small and had to fight for the starting job. He won the job and two years later won the Super Bowl by beating the Denver Broncos, who were led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning.
Now, Wilson will return to Texas again, this time to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game. The Texas Rangers vs. Philadelphia Phillies game has a first pitch scheduled for 8:05 p.m. EST.